- 330,000 letters and petition signatures
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- 1 million+ views for our 6 Things You Should Know infographic
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- 1,100 heartfelt stories shared on our interactive map
- 3,200 Letters to the Editor; read one member's letter in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- 1 full-page ad in Politico, funded by small dollar donations (I love this ad -- it's so powerful)
Every day, politicians read their morning papers, which are filled with ads from well-funded organizations, trade groups and SuperPACs. This week, they got one from the everyday Americans they represent.
Over 1,000 Rebuild the Dream members pitched in to publish this ad, reminding Congress that while we may not have the same lobbying power student loan providers may have, we do have voting power. Now Washington is taking notice, and members of Congress will remember this as they vote on the bill to prevent Stafford loan rates from doubling.This vote could happen any time in the next two days, and it's more important than ever to call your Senators and tell them to keep student loan rates affordable. Click here to find your representatives and make the call.
A big dealOn July 1, the interest rate on government-subsidized Stafford loans will double. College students can't take on more debt, yet Congress hasn't made any substantial moves to prevent the rate from doubling.When banks can borrow money at near-zero percent interest, it is absurd for the interest rates to double for student loans.Student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion. Congress should be told that students can't afford for the interest rate to double. This is a big deal.Patrick from St. LouisDid you read another Don't Double My Rate letter in your local paper? Or did your letter get published? Share in the comments!
"The statistics are overwhelming. College tuition and fees are almost six times higher than they were in 1985, while consumer prices have only doubled in that time.According to the College Board, between 2002 and 2012, in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities increased at an average rate of 5.6 percent per year beyond the rate of inflation.And CNN reported that tuition at the average public university increased eight percent in the last year and is expected to go higher....Students' only hope is that Congress gets its act together to keep student loan interest rates low, and that President Obama makes good on his promise to cut funding to colleges that don't rein in tuition costs."
1. Make Calls (Or Get Your Friends To Make Calls)Did your senators vote against Don't Double in May? Tell them that you noticed and will be voting.Click here to use our call tool. If your senator voted against the last bill, we'll give you the office number, a script, and 5-second quick survey to keep track of your calls. When Senate offices get a large number of phone calls from their constituents on one issue, they take notice.If you get an error message, your senators are already on board. Share the call tool with your friends in different states.
2. Change Your Profile PictureDo your friends know their student loan rates will be doubling this year? Help your friends out. Spread the word by changing your profile picture. We've set up a tool to add a "Don't Double My Rate" ribbon on your Twitter or Facebook profile. After you change your profile picture, be sure to change your status and let your friends know the July 1st deadline is closer than they think.
3. Write a Letter to the EditorYour congressional offices read every local newspaper and every editorial in those papers. Make your statement somewhere they can't ignore you.Use our Letter to the Editor tool to write a letter to your local newspaper.Editorials in support of Don't Double My Rate are already springing up across the country, but they need to hear your story, and they need to hear it soon.We're counting on you to win this fight to reduce student debt, so spread the word by clicking the "Like" and "Tweet" buttons on this post when you're done.
Since you've been following the latest on student loan debt, you probably already know that it's out of control, and that on July 1st, it's about to get way worse if we don't do something. But do your friends know that?Probably not. And if they have student debt, they really need to. It's time to drop some knowledge.Our internal studies show that if you share this graphic with your friends on Facebook, they will instantly become 100% more knowledgeable about the student loan crisis. Don't you want that for your friends? Another reason for sharing and spreading knowledge:It's only three weeks until Congress decides if they actually care about the future of higher education in America (i.e. -- three weeks until the interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans doubles). This means that the Senate needs to be pressured into actually caring, because they really haven't brought their game to the table lately. Republicans have been offering really terrible pay-fors that frankly, we should all be insulted by. More knowledge about student loan debt = more passion = higher stakes in Washington.Sources for graphic: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Too big to fail: Student debt hits a trillion." Business Insider: "Student loan debt has shot up nearly 300% in the past decade." Demos: "The Great Cost Shift: How higher education cuts undermine the middle class." U.S. Department of Labor: Garnishment law. NOLO: Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy NPR: "Students to Congress: Don't let my interest rate double."
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